Nayantara Sahgal

(1922 words)
  • Madhubanti Bhattacharyya (University of East Anglia)

It was as a political journalist that Nayantara Sahgal first made a name for herself, and the concerns of newly independent India underpin most of her non-fiction writing, which includes her memoir Prison and Chocolate Cake (1954) and the collections of essays and speeches From Fear Set Free (1962), A Voice for Freedom (1977), Indira Gandhi: Her Road to Power (1982) and Point of View: A Personal Response to Life, Literature and Politics (1997).

As a novelist, Sahgal stands in an interesting relation to both Indian history and politics and to the growth of Indian women’s writing in English. She was born in Allahabad into a family with a particular role in India’s “tryst with …

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Bhattacharyya, Madhubanti. "Nayantara Sahgal". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 May 2008
[, accessed 28 September 2016.]

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